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Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad

University of Detroit Mercy program to Brazil — 2018

The University of Detroit Mercy is pleased to announce that our institution was awarded a second Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Brazil. The current award is open to Detroit area K-12 educators and Detroit Mercy faculty. The program, African Contributions and Contemporary Issues in Northeast Brazil, will take place in Sao Luis, Maranhao, and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil for one month during the summer of 2018.

Congratulations to our 2018 awardees! Stay tuned for curriculum projects resulting from our 2018 summer project!

Detroit Mercy faculty

  • Charles Cross, School of Architecture
  • Renady Hightower, College of Health Professions
  • Daniel Kroupa, College of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Lara Wasner, College of Liberal Arts and Education

K-12, pre-service, community college teachers

  • Natalie Barmore, Cass Technical High School, Detroit MI
  • Patrina Chatman, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit MI
  • Marnina Falk, Detroit Foreign Language Immersion and Culture Studies (FLICS), Detroit MI
  • Camelia Ramona Gligor, Osborn High School, Detroit, MI
  • Roba Hrisseh, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Suzanne Lynch, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa FL
  • Daniel McArthur, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit MI
  • Markita Moore, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit MI
  • Carole Morisseau, Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI
  • Michael Woodberry-Means, Renaissance High School, Detroit MI

This project provides a 4-week collaborative learning experience in Brazil which gives participants multiple perspectives of the African-American experience through scholarly research and dialogue in northeast Brazil in order to inform learning, build and enhance curricular resources, and internationalize curricula in meaningful and measurable ways. As a result, participants will develop thematic units and projects that can be integrated in their schools and institutions, as well as shared with audiences nationwide.

Please click here for a tentative daily itinerary.

In June 2018, The U.S. Department of Education interviewed Project Director Lara Wasner for the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grantee Showcase.  A recording of the interview can be found here:

We invite you to view our Facebook page (top right) and to review the curriculum projects developed as a result of our 2016 GPA (by course instructor, in alphabetical order):

Annotated Bibliography: A Resource to Use and Share

William Bowles: Western International High School, Detroit, MI
K-12/cross-curricular: Library Media supplemental resource instruction in the African diaspora to Brazil

Regina Elamri: Chandler Park Academy, Detroit, MI
Grades 5-9: Current Events & Brazil: A Cultural Study
Geography, Religion, Minorities (powerpoint presentation)
Marking the Text & Jigsaw (powerpoint presentation)
Afro-Brazilian Instruments (powerpoint presentation)
Language and Art (powerpoint presentation)

Ann Eskridge: Detroit Mercy - African American Studies/African American Literature
Using Cordel (folhetos) Literature to Create Narrative Stories in Rhythm and Rhyme

Roy Finkenbine:  Detroit Mercy - History
Slave Rebels and Runaways - Course syllabus, comparison chart, and assessment materials augmented by the Brazil GPA experience

Renady Hightower: Detroit Mercy - Health Services Administration
Intersecting Cultural Anthropology & Health Care: Race Does Matter in Community Health 

Gail Presbey: Detroit Mercy - Philosophy/History
PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice, University of Detroit Mercy
Unit Plan Summary
Course Syllabus

Karen Russell: Edison Elementary School, Detroit, MI
Grades K-2:  Brazil and You: Families Around the World

Erika Stowall: Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences, Detroit, MI 
Elementary and Middle School - Candomble: Dance of the Orixas - A blending of African cultural and religious traditions.

Rachael Walker: Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI
9-12 grade arts and social studies: Who Am I? Exploration of Afro-Brazilian History and Culture

Lara Wasner: Detroit Mercy - Language & Cultural Studies
Lessons from Brazil: Detroit Mercy GPA overview (multi-purpose presentation) 

Alana Wynes: Quarton Elementary School, Birmingham, MI
Grades 3-5 - Transformative Art in Brazil: Exploring printmaking, mask making, and graffiti
African Masks in Brazil (powerpoint presentation)
Graffiti in Brazil (powerpoint presentation)

For more information, contact project director Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or

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